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Honor announces the Magic V, its first foldable smartphone

Former Huawei sub-brand Honor just announced its first foldable smartphone, the Honor Magic V. It uses a similar foldable form factor to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold devices, combining a large internal folding screen with a smaller external screen that can be used while the device is folded. Today marks the Chinese launch of the foldable tablet, where the price starts at ¥9,999 (about $1,569) for its 256GB storage model. It will go on sale on January 18.

The Magic V’s flagship internal folding display measures 7.9 inches from corner to corner, has a resolution of 2272 x 1984 with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and an aspect ratio of 10:9. That’s slightly larger than Samsung’s Z Fold 3, whose internal screen is 7.6 inches with a resolution of 2208 x 1768. Honor says the Magic V’s internal screen is like using two 21:9 displays side by side. .

The Magic V’s external display is also slightly larger than the Z Fold 3 at 6.45 inches (compared to 6.2 for Samsung), with a resolution of 2560 x 1080, a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and an aspect ratio of 21: 9. Honor says this makes the device more usable if you don’t want to unfold it.

The Honor Magic V in orange.
Screenshot: Honor

Honor is foldable, folded.
Image: Honor

When folded, the Magic V is 72.7mm wide, 14.3mm thick and 160.4mm high, and when unfolded it expands to 141.1mm wide and 6.7mm thick. That’s slightly wider than Samsung’s latest Z Fold, while generally being slightly thinner when folded. However, the folding Honor is slightly heavier. It is available in three colors: orange, silver and black, and Honor CEO George Zhao says it should survive being folded and unfolded 200,000 times.

Internally, the Magic V runs on Qualcomm’s latest chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which is paired with 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage. It has a 4,750 mAh battery that can be charged up to 66 W, which will get you 50 percent charged in 15 minutes. It’s 5G compatible and runs Honor’s Magic UI 6.0 software on top of Android 12, which supports displaying multiple app windows simultaneously, Honor says.

In terms of cameras, Honor has added a trio of 50-megapixel sensors on the back of the foldable camera, including a main sensor, an ultra-wide camera, and something Honor calls a “spectrum-enhanced camera.” We contacted the company for details on what exactly this third camera does. The Magic V has a pair of 42-megapixel selfie cameras, one embedded in the outer screen and one embedded in the inner folding screen.

Honor joins an ever-growing list of companies that have announced or started selling foldable smartphones. Most recently, we saw Oppo announce its Find N late last year, and Xiaomi and Honor’s former parent company Huawei also have foldable devices of their own. We’ve reached out to Honor to find out if, and when, the Magic V might get a worldwide release.